Exploding Myths about Russia: A Photo Essay

Thanks to English Russia, we offer the following photographic proof that various Russophobic myths about Russia are totally false, based on the scenes ER offers from an average Russian wedding:

Myth #1 - Russians are fat because of their disregard of healthy diet; in fact, Russians are svelt as runway models, much much thinner than Americans

Myth #1 - Russians are fat because of their disregard of healthy diet; in fact, Russians are svelt as runway models, much much thinner than Americans

Myth #2 - Russians are impoverished, living in squalor; in fact, Russians live in prosperity due to a booming economy

Myth #2 - Russians are impoverished, living in squalor; in fact, Russians live in prosperity due to a booming economy

Myth #3 - Russian women are ugly; in fact, they are the most beautiful in the world

Myth #3 - Russian women are less then stunning; in fact, they are the most beautiful in the world

Myth #4 - Russians are a somber, gray people who hate to smile; in fact, they are deleriously happy in the Russia of Vladimir Putin, and never more so than at a wedding of two godlike youngsters

Myth #4 - Russians are a somber, gray people who hate to smile; in fact, they are deleriously happy in the Russia of Vladimir Putin, and never more so than at a wedding of two godlike youngsters

Myth #5 - Russians are somewhat barbaric, even ape-like, and eat food nobody else in the world would touch with a ten-foot pole; in reality, Russians are suave sophisticates who dine on gourmet repasts the world must envy

Myth #5 - Russians are somewhat barbaric, even ape-like, and eat food nobody else in the world would touch with a ten-foot pole; in reality, Russians are suave sophisticates who dine on gourmet repasts the world must envy

Just a couple of questions:  Is that “cake” actually glowing? Are those actually bananas? If so, what symblic role might they play in the ancient Russian wedding ritual?  Wonder why nobody is interested in the mystery meat . . .

9 responses to “Exploding Myths about Russia: A Photo Essay

  1. I have to disagree with Myth 3. I married a Russian woman. The most beautiful in the world. She is now a naturalized American citizen. Still beautiful. Most Russian women are beautiful as are most Russian people. Sadly, their leaders are not.

  2. The photos are pretty typical of life in rural Russia (i.e. most of Russia). The sad thing is that the more things seem to change, the more they remain the same. In the last Russian boom (Moscow, 1997, before the 1998 Russian Default), I used to hear Muscovites claiming all the time that Russia was coming back and that Moscow was a world city such as London and Paris and New York. I used to reply that the standard to follow was life in the rural villages: when a Russian villager would have a standard of life equal to a villager in England, France or the United States, then and only then would Russia have achieved true economic parity and could take pride in their accomplishment. Of course, Moscow was hard hit by the default ten years ago and I am starting to think that it may be hit again by another default in the next year or two.

  3. The little girl in the 2nd photo is cute.

  4. What is that he Russian Woman is holding in photo #3?

  5. the pictures are great but i dont agree with russian being fat

  6. Notice how no one is smiling in myth #4 picture!!

  7. I like it. Russian women are the most stunning women on this planet. There are no ugly Russian women, you know? I mean, Russian women are tall and in excellent shape. What else do you need from a girl? Russian ladies are just so lovely and appealing.

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